Gombe Governor Parleys Organized Labour

…Says His Administration Favourably Disposed To Workers’ Welfare

…As Labour Hails Governor Inuwa For Settling Inherited Backlog Of Gratuity

By Ogechi Okorie

Gombe (Precise Post) – Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has reiterated his administration’s resolve to deepen the existing industrial harmony and cordial relationship with workers in the state in order to improve productivity and ensure good governance.

Governor Yahaya made this assertion yesterday at an interactive session with the leadership of the organized labour, comprising of the Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC) , Trade Union Congress ( TUC) and the Joint Public Service Negotiation Council in the state.

The Senior Special Assistant
(Media and Publicity) to the governor, Ismaila Uba Misilli dropped the hint on Saturday in a statement made available to newsmen.

Governor Inuwa who acknowledged the support of the labour union to his administration, observed that the trust and confidence started even before his election as Governor.

He urged that such partnership be maintained in the interests of workers and the generality of the public.

In his words, ” I wish to acknowledge with delight that labour has been very supportive and cooperative with this administration. On our part, we are reciprocating this gesture, as our disposition is favourably disposed towards the welfare of workers, especially looking at the efforts we made in setting backlog of gratuity we inherited and the efforts in sanitizing the system to improve productivity in the service. We shall continue to cherish and maintain this cordiality”.

He described the labour as partners in progress, assuring that his administration will not renege in its resolve to better the lots of workers and the citizenry in general.

He said the setting up of the 15- member Dr. Manassah Jatau committee on N30,000 minimum wage is a demonstration of his Government’s favourable disposition towards meeting the yearnings of the workers in the state, especially as it affects wages and entitlements.

In his remarks, the Chairman of Gombe State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Muhammed Adamu Musa who led the team, assured that labour will continue to partner with government to move the state forward.

He praised the Governor for addressing the issues of backlog of gratuity owed retired civil servants in the state, urging that such gesture be expended to the Local Government retirees.

The NLC Chairman hailed the Governor’s foresight in constituting a 15-man minimum wage committee, expressing optimism that with the disposition of Governor Inuwa Yahaya towards the workers, government will implement the N30,000 minimum wage.

The meeting later went into a closed door session, the statement added.

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